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Amanda Melvina (Clark) Benham (1826 - 1908)

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Amanda Melvina Benham formerly Clark aka Fry
Born in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 14 Jan 1841 in Greene County, Indianamap
Wife of — married 8 Jun 1848 in Greene County, Indianamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Taylor Township, Greene County, Indiana, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified 13 Sep 2018 | Created 6 Mar 2015
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Amanda Melvina Clark was born on 7 July 1826 to John Clark and Malinda Thompson in Loudoun County, Virginia.[1]

Amanda married Daniel Fry on 14 January 1841 in Greene County, Indiana.[1]

Amanda married Isaac Benham on 22 August 1823 in Taylor Township, Indiana.[1]

Amanda died on 4 February 1908 at the age of 81 in Taylor Township, Indiana. She is buried at Simpson Chapel Cemetery in Greene County, Indiana.[1][2]


Posted in The Bloomfield News in Bloomfield, Indiana on 14 February 1909[2][3]:

Mrs. Amanda M. Benham, died at the home of her son-in-law, Harvey N. Emery, in Taylor Township, February 4, aged eighty-one years, six months and twenty-eight days. Her maiden name was Clark and she was born in Loudon County, Virginia, July 7, 1826.

On July 11, 1848 she was united in marriage with Isaac H. Benham who preceded her to that better land. This union resulted in the birth of eleven children, but only five are left to mourn the loss of their mother. Besides these she leaves one stepdaughter, thirty-one grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, one sister, one brother and a large circle of relatives and friends, who will greatly miss her.

About 1848 she united with the M. E. church and has lived a true and devoted Christian life.

She had been in poor health for a long time but was taken seriously sick five weeks before she died and gradually grew worse until death relieved her of her suffering. All was done that kind and loving friends could do but it was to no avail, as God's will shall be done, not ours.

She was a true pioneer woman and was always interested in the welfare and up building of her neighbors and the country generally.

We desire to thank our neighbors and friends for their assistance during the last sickness and death of our dear mother. MR. AND MRS. H. N. EMERY.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Public Member Tree," database, RootsWeb ( : accessed 6 March 2015), "Bell County, Kentucky Families" family tree by Sueann Morrow, profile for Amanda Melvina Clark (b. 7 July 1826, Louden County, Virginia - d. 4 February 1908, Greene County, Indiana), undocumented data updated 17 July 2005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 16 March 2015), memorial page for Amanda Melvina “Mandy” Clark Benham (7 Jul 1826–4 Feb 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12342612, citing Simpson Chapel Cemetery, Scotland, Greene County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Brittany Hewitt (contributor 46970247), created 14 November 2005; the accompanying photograph by DJ Hobby is materially informative, but does not provide a legible image of the inscribed data.
  3. RootsWeb - Obituary of Amanda Clark Benham.

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